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ITEM — Box: 2 Identifier: UAI 15.1404

Copy of the will of Sir Matthew Holworthy of Hackney in the County of Middlesex Knight deceased, 1676 May 9 Digital

Scope and Contents

4-page handwritten 19th century copy of the will of Matthew Holworthy of Hackney, England. In his will, Holworthy left £1000 to Harvard College for "promoting of learning and promulgation of the Gospell in those parts."


  • 1676 May 9

Researcher Access

The Wills naming Harvard as a beneficiary are open for research.


1.57 cubic feet (1 legal document box, 1 flat box, 1 oversized volume, 6 volumes, and 2 folders)

Biographical / Historical

Sir Matthew Holworthy (1608-1678), a wealthy English landowner and merchant, was born in 1608, received a B.A. from Brasenose College, Oxford in 1629, and was knighted in 1665. He died in 1678. In 1681, Harvard received a bequest of £1000 from Holworthy’s estate. Holworthy Hall in Harvard Yard was named in his honor in 1812.

Former call number

Formerly classified as UAI 15.1410 Will of Sir Matthew Holworthy (copy), 1676

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Handwritten copy donated by George A. Partridge of England in January 1896. Partridge's wife was a descendant of Holworthy. An 1896 letter of donation from George A. Partridge to Harvard librarian Justin Winsor is held in the control file for this collection in the Harvard University Archives.


Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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